Burnley players were “shocked” after Sean Dyche was fired, but interim manager Mike Jackson insists they don’t have time to linger on the situation.
After nearly ten years in command at Turf Moor, Dyche was fired on Friday, with the Clarets 18th in the Premier League and four points from safety.
Jackson, Burnley’s Under-23s boss, will take over for the encounter against West Ham on Sunday (14:15 BST).”I believe the guys were taken aback,” he remarked.
“It’s human nature, but they’re a seasoned bunch.”
“For us, it’s about the whole club pulling together – everyone here, the fans, and everyone bunkering in to block out all the noise and focus on what we need to achieve,” says the coach.
Burnley has lost five of its previous six Premier League games, with only eight games remaining.
Dyche, 50, was the Premier League’s longest-serving manager until his dismissal, but his last game in command of Burnley ended in a 2-0 loss to bottom-placed Norwich City.
Jackson, who previously managed Tranmere Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, has stated that he will not make any significant changes to the team before the trip to London.
“There’s a lot of good here, and a lot of wonderful work has already been done,” he added. “It’s about reminding the group to be better at what we do.”
“The most important thing for us today is to improve our understanding of Burnley’s identity.” “I don’t believe we’ll change our style or how we play in a single day.” This group’s strength is its unity; they will band together.”
We’ll fiddle with a few details, but there won’t be a change in style.” The only way to get confidence is to play games.”
Sean Dyche has the right to be ‘unbelievably proud’ of his team
Dyche took over at Turf Moor in October 2012, and in September of last year, he signed a new four-year deal until 2025.
He led the club to two promotions from the Championship and two Premier League top-half finishes during his time at the club.
In addition, he guided Burnley to its first European qualifying in 51 years, finishing seventh in the Premier League in 2017-18.
“He should be really happy with what he’s accomplished here, with two promotions and a European qualifier,” Jackson added.
“However, I believe he has created not only a club but a culture and identity as well.” In football, something can be extremely tough to do.”It takes time and someone who knows what they’re doing and wants.”
“I had a quick conversation with him,” he added. It’s difficult to say something to someone who has lost his job after contributing so much to the team.”
“Being brutally honest, I’m not sure what you say to him.” It’s a pity, but we have to move on. He’s done a fantastic job for this organization.”